Rescued Saddlebred competes in first USEF Horse Trial

Saddlebred Rescue horse Mikey competing in his first USEF sanctioned horse trial (eventing). It was 16-17 April, 2011 at the River Glen Horse Trial in New Market, TN. We placed 5th out of 15 starters in Beginner Novice Open division. He was a rock star and garnered alot of attention and questions at the cross country finish line. Of course I said “He’s an American Saddlebred!”.

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Mr. Sinister, aka Moe

Mr Sinister - American Saddlebred

How many of us have been fortunate enough to be owned by “The One?” I have.

Mr Sinister - American SaddlebredMr. Sinister AKA Moe is a 2002 American Saddlebred gelding by Slam Dunk H.G. and out of Dancing Damsel.

Moe isn’t just a horse. He’s my best friend, babysitter, trail explorer, and therapist. He’s been my worst enemy and my best friend. He’s taught me so much about love, dedication, and the true meaning of being a partner.

Mr. Sinister - American Saddlebred

Moe was a gangly, young, fuzzy horse when I bought him in 2004. He had no formal training and I wasn’t a trainer. Over the course of the next several years, I relied on common sense to work on manners and ground work.

In 2006, my husband received orders with the United States Marine Corps and we traveled to Camp Lejeune, NC. A friend, Jazz Busenbark, lived in the area and owned several American Saddlebreds, and so I boarded my horses at her facility. She helped tremendously with Moe’s training, and I grinned ear to ear the first time she sat on his back. I laughed until I cried the first time I sat on his back.

Over the course of the last few years, Moe has blossomed into a strong, willing, handsome horse. He never says no to me, and he tries very hard to please!

Despite my pipe dreams of racking on the Green Shavings, Moe steered me to the world of Hunter Country Pleasure. In 2010, he made his debut in that division and showed at Raleigh Spring Premier and Bonnie Blue. I was so proud of his attitude and how he shined. The color of the ribbon was insignificant. Knowing that we had finally arrived was my victory lap.Mr. Sinister - American Saddlebred

Moe is an amazing trail horse. We’ve camped on the beach together. He’s toted my children around. He’s ponied frightened horses through chest deep water in a gully. He’s navigated ravines. He’s never refused a jump. He is the ultimate “sporthorse” in my eyes and HE TOOK ME THERE! I love him as much as the day is long.